Arlo Guthrie

Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)

Jul 26, 1968

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  1. 1 Introduction by Jean Ritchie 01:28
  2. 2 Swimmy Swim 18:17
  3. 3 The Pause Of Mr. Claus 08:05
  4. 4 Encore applause/tuning 00:41
  5. 5 Meditation (Wave Upon Wave) 07:08
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Arlo Guthrie - acoustic guitar, vocals
Bob Arkin - upright bass

This high-quality 1968 Newport Folk recording captures Arlo Guthrie right between his first and second albums. "Alice's Restaurant" (which he debuted at Newport the previous year) is a classic, but not the only example of his witty and imaginative social commentary. There is no better example of Arlo's counter-culture commentary, and this was recorded right at the peak of that era.

The FBI monologue which fuels "The Pause Of Mr. Claus" here is absolutely hilarious. The long opening piece, "Swimmy Swim," is based on a track found on Woody Guthrie's album of children's songs, and this may have been a one-off improvisation exclusive to this Newport performance. The audience loves him and literally roars for an encore. (Bershaw)